Showcasing July 2018 In My Kitchen

July 2018 was the start of our first real winter in Cape Town for a long time. We have been in the throes of the worst drought seen for decades. And then the rain came! But more importantly, it snowed. We had some very cold days and some really warm days. And all-in-all, it was a great month. This month we celebrate International Scone Week and it would be great if you all took part.

Phyllo Pastry

Last year I attended a launch of a new phyllo pastry by Mediterranean Delicacies. They have a new recipes and I must say, the sheets worked fantastically well the first time I tried them. They do not recommend refreezing the product but I tested it regardless. I never use a box of phyllo at once, which is why I usually make my own. There were a few tears in the sheets but it baked up perfectly well in my mini quiches.

Phyllo Pastry
Phyllo Pastry
Lindt Chocolate

The event was held at the Lindt Chocolate Studio in Cape Town. The space is amazing and I wish I lived closer so that I could do a few of their classes. We had a great time and I was given a bar of chocolate as a gift. Needless to say, it did not last long in our house.

Lindt Chocolate
Lindt Chocolate
Sweet Bakes And Cakes

In February Dave and I went to London for a Bar Mitzvah. There I met Vera who told me that her granddaughter Sadie had a collection of recipes in a book. This was sold as a fundraising project to raise money for ChildHope. I have my very own copy and made an adaptation of the kuchen from the book.

Sweet Bakes And Cakes
Sweet Bakes And Cakes
Cinsualt Rose

Dave and I went to the launch of the new range of wines from Bonnievale. We were sent home with two bottles of the Cinsault Rose. These will have to wait for warmer days to be enjoyed. You would have had quite a laugh seeing us drive home with the wine, plus two bottles of bubbly stuck at my feet. We went away in Dave’s Lotus which has very little boot space!

Cinsualt Rose
Cinsualt Rose
July 2018 FOMO Box

There were two drinks in the July 2018 box which I have put in the fridge. The cucumber and lime sounds perfect to go with some gin when summer shows her face. The protein pusher nuts were eaten straight away and I used the cherry peppers to make a simple prawn pasta. I have an idea for the yuzu zest so I really hope it works out. The poppy seeds and sesame seed oil have been set aside in a gift box.

July 2018 FOMO Box
July 2018 FOMO Box

This post is part of the #IMK series, hosted by Sherry. Pop on over to see who else has showcased what is new in their kitchens this month.

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10 thoughts on “Showcasing July 2018 In My Kitchen

  1. Tandy, the coincidences continue… my daughter just shared a recipe w/me that required cherry peppers. I’ve not seen them around here, but if Mae can find them in Michigan I’m hopeful! The events and launches you attended sounded fun and flavorful, and your story about hauling home your wine & bubbly at your feet made me smile. 🙂

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    1. I hope you can find the cherry peppers. If not, I might have to come up with a recipe 🙂

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  2. That box sounds lovely! Full of such interesting and tasty things. 🙂

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    1. It usually has some nice goodies in it 🙂

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  3. thanks for joining in IMK tandy. isn’t it funny how things co-incide? someone else mentioned Lindt chocolate, and i just bought some phyllo pastry for the first time in decades – literally! and i was reading about PB, as the only company that made it with local peanuts is going out of business. so darn hard to do the right thing these days. i really don’t want to buy the stuff with chinese or whatever nuts. maybe i’ll try new zealand – at least it is only the next country away:) cheers S x oh yes i’ll look for a scone recipe….

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    1. What a shame that a local company is going out of business!

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  4. Here’s a coincidence: I just bought a jar of peppers from South Africa in the supermarket here in Michigan — exactly the same as your jar! I’m a big fan of these. The almond kitchen look very good (I linked to your other post). The flavors mentioned remind me of some of the pastries at the bakery where my family shopped when I was growing up: it was Eastern European Jewish, which would be a somewhat different tradition from German Jewish that you mention. Their rye breads were marvelous.

    Scones are a British thing; evidently you have them too. However they are essentially unknown here, except in one bakery which makes a very dry and not very tasty one. I’ll watch for the rules for your scone event, but I probably don’t have any reasonable contribution to offer.

    Best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Proper European rye breads are amazing! That is so interesting about scones not been known where you live. And dry ones are awaful!

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  5. I can never use a whole packet of phyllo either and always freeze the part I don’t use! How was the peanut butter?

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    1. I still have not opened it!

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